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Texas Crop Progress and Condition Weekly Summary

March 26 - April 1

Published April 2, 2012 @ 6:59 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2012 @ 7:17 a.m.

Most of the state received rainfall last week. Weekly totals in areas of South Texas reached two inches or more while other areas received scattered showers. Parts of the High Plains and the Trans-Pecos experienced unseasonably warm and dry weather.

Small Grains: Rainfall and warm temperatures helped small grains to progress well last week. Wheat and oats were maturing ahead of schedule in parts of the state. In the High Plains, some wheat was showing signs of stress and remained in need of additional moisture. Many producers were irrigating and applying herbicides to wheat. Scouting and spraying for insects continued. Some wheat producers also reported problems with rust.

Row Crops: Corn and sorghum planting was active around most of the state. In the High Plains, field preparation, pre-watering and fertilizer applications were in progress ahead of planting. In the Blacklands, producers were able to resume corn and sorghum planting as fields dried out. In South Texas, cotton planting was underway.

Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crops: Warm temperatures aided in the development of pecan and fruit trees in North and East Texas. Pecan producers continued to fertilize trees with nitrogen and began to prepare equipment for spring spraying and zinc applications. In South Texas, spinach harvest was completed while cabbage harvest continued. Onions continued to progress well.

Livestock, Range, and Pasture: Range and pastureland continued to make gains in areas that received moisture. Many producers were able to begin cutting and baling hay. However in parts of the Panhandle and the Tran-Pecos, conditions remained dry and producers saw little or no improvement in grass growth. Weed management was a major concern across the state. Calving, lambing and kidding season continued with some producers beginning to mark their lambs and goats. Supplemental feeding of cattle was active in many areas. Stock tank levels remained low in the southern part of the state. Low tank levels were also reported in parts of the Low Plains and the Cross Timbers. Elsewhere, ponds and tanks were mostly full.

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